Akron Zips vs. Buffalo Bulls - 2/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Bulls (15-6) at Akron Zips (15-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (James A. Rhodes Arena)
The Line: Akron Zips -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - Ohio
The Buffalo Bulls will travel to James A. Rhodes Arena to take on the Akron Zips this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Buffalo Bulls improved to 15-6 (6-3 MAC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 82-78, this past Wednesday. Buffalo shot 45.8% from the field and 31.3% (5-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was Shannon Evans who had 25 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Buffalo is ranked 43rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 112th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulls have been led by Justin Moss (18.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 0.8 bpg) and Shannon Evans (15.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.6 apg). Buffalo is averaging 74.0 ppg (ranked 41th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 180th). The Bulls shoot 73.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 42nd) and commit only 11.9 turnovers per game (ranked 80th) Buffalo is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 (ranked 199th) on 41.3% shooting (ranked 110th). The Bulls pull down 38.0 total rpg (ranked 37th) and have a rebound margin of 1.7 (ranked 143rd).
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The Akron Zips dropped to 15-7 (6-3 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Ohio Bobcats, 83-82, this past Wednesday. Akron shot 46.4% from the field and 50.0% (18-36) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Zips was Deji Ibitayo who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal. Akron is ranked 108th in the RPI Standings and has played the 175th ranked SOS. On the season, the Zips have been led by Pat Forsythe (10.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 bpg) and Deji Ibitayo (10.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 spg). Akron is averaging 69.8 ppg (ranked 117th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 240th). The Zips average 9.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 8th) on 35.2% three-point shooting (ranked 136th). Akron is holding their opponents to an average of 63.0 ppg (ranked 93rd) on 41.6% shooting (ranked 123rd). The Zips average 7.3 spg (ranked 73rd) and pull down 35.77 total rpg (ranked 115th).
The Bulls are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss. The Zips are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Buffalo has been one of my favorite teams to follow this year as the duo of Justin Moss and Shannon Evans is as dangerous duo that there is in the MAC. Akron is also been a fun team to watch as they have no hesitate to pull the trigger on any three-pointer available. Akron is tough to take at times as if they are not hitting their long-range shots however, they are a tough team to face at home and i think that they'll cover this small number against Buffalo. Take Akron to cover.